MIME type

Definition:

MIME stands for Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions. And a MIME type tells the browser or user agent what type of program various file types and extensions are.

There are many, many different MIME types. On the web the most common ones are used with multimedia such as audio files and video files.

  • MIME Types by File Extension
  • MIME types by Content Type

MIME type information is maintained by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

  • RFC-822
    Standard for ARPA Internet text messages
  • RFC-2045
    MIME Part 1: Format of Internet Message Bodies
  • RFC-2046
    MIME Part 2: Media Types
  • RFC-2047
    MIME Part 3: Header Extensions for Non-ASCII Text
  • RFC-2048
    MIME Part 4: Registration Procedures
  • RFC-2049
    MIME Part 5: Conformance Criteria and Examples

Also Known As: internet media type, content-type

Examples:

text/html is the HTML MIME type